China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects

The 196 meter-long twisting China Wood Sculpture Museum in Harbin, China, by MAD Architects is complete.    Image © MAD architects/Iwan Baan

China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects (5) Image © MAD architects/Iwan Baan



China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects (4) Image © MAD architects/Xia Zhi

 

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MAD China Wood Sculpture Museum Complete

MAD Architects unveiled the completed China Wood Sculpture Museum located in Harbin, China. The 200-metre long building, sheathed in metal, sits nestled in a densely residential area, adding a cultural and surreal essence to the surrounding urban context.

Appearing so evident amidst a thriving metropolitan district of Harbin, China, spanning 200 metres in length, the China Wood Sculpture Museum sits as a locational anomaly, seemingly out of place, surrounded by a densely populated Chinese-style neighborhood and residential complexes. The museum embodies some of the foremost conceptual and formal ideals that define the work of MAD, bringing out an expression and abstraction of nature to an otherwise quotidian surrounding. The boundaries between solid and liquid are blurred throughout this 13,000 sqm building, referencing the local natural scenery and landscape.



China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects (3) Image © MAD architects/Iwan Baan

The building’s exterior is covered by polished steel plates, mirroring the surroundings and the changing light. The solid walls ensure minimal heat loss while the breaking and twisting motion of the emerging skylights splits the surface and allows in light from the low-hanging sun of northern China; this provides sufficient natural diffused illumination to the three halls on the interior.

Location: Harbin, China
Program: Museum
Site Area: 9,788 m2
Building Area: 12,959 m2
Building Length: 196 m
Building Height: 21 m

China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects (2) Image © MAD architects/Xia Zhi

China Wood Sculpture Museum by MAD Architects (1) Image © MAD architects/Xia Zhi

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